Bright Ideas

About Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas is a grant program from Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) directed at funding creative, innovative classroom projects developed by middle school teachers. This grant program provides funds to state certified educators in a public middle school in Jackson EMC’s service area.

Educators can earn up to $2,000 for classroom projects that would go unfunded otherwise. “We know budgets can hinder classroom projects and that educators dip into their own pockets to help pay for their creative lesson plans,” said Chip Jakins, Jackson EMC president & CEO. “This program will energize the level of teaching, learning and overall educational experience.”  

Projects must involve students directly, provide a creative learning experience through innovative teaching methods, provide ongoing benefits to the students, create opportunities for teamwork and support the continuous improvement of education in Georgia.

Grant applications will be judged by an independent panel of college-level educators and administrators. Grant recipients will be notified and awarded funds in October and early November.

Hints from the judges panel:

Make sure the stated project objectives match the proposed project summary.

Make sure your writing is grammatically correct, thoughtful and serious; your writing should relate to the proposed ideas and topical areas.

Make sure your proposal narrative effectively addresses the major topical areas: summary, innovation, implementation and objectives.

Bright Ideas originated with the North Carolina electric cooperatives as a way to fund innovative and creative lesson plans. It has been adopted by many cooperatives, including EMCs in Georgia



The application process for the 2020-2021 school year is now closed. Stay tuned for information about applying for Bright Ideas grants for the 2021-2022 school year.



Bright Ideas recognizes and rewards innovative and creative classroom projects developed by teachers that are not funded through general education funds. See how Bright Ideas stimulates bright minds by reading three follow-up stories on successful grants.


*Projects may be funded from $100 - $2,000. For a complete list of guidelines and criteria please see the Bright Ideas Application Process page.